Square Dancing

The opening of the European Week of Sport (EWoS) was a great success all over the continent. A variety of activities took to the streets of every country inviting all citizens to BE ACTIVE. But there was one common activity that appeared on streets, plazas and in public spaces of more than 70 cities: the FlashMOVE.

While #BeActive was TT on Twitter during the weekend, a real-live physical activity trend was happening outside. Thousands of dancers followed the steps of the FlashMOVE all over Europe. Many of these flash mobs popped up on main squares of European cities. Here are some of the highlights:

Kosice

FlashMOVEThis Slovakian city was the star of the EWoS opening ceremony. The FlashMOVE was performed twice, led by dance clubs from the city, and was followed by hundreds of participants that were present in the Hlavné námestie. Together with other European Week of Sport activities, and in the presence of the EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Tibor Navracsics, Kosice was the union between the FlashMOVE and the Journey of Hope cross-border cycling tour, another of the International Sport and Culture Association’s (ISCA) official EWoS events. ISCA broadcast the FlashMOVE live from there: https://www.facebook.com/ISCApage/videos/10153822635267681/

Budapest

Heroes Square was the meeting point for the opening of the European Week of Sport. Around 100 dancers participated in FlashMOVE in front of tourists and curious passersby. Here is some the footage from the day: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHi3j1i8m28&feature=youtu.be

Plovdiv

FlashMOVEAs with each edition of the FlashMOVE so far, Bulgaria gathered people from different institutional sectors and ages to join in the flash mob. The main square of Plovdiv, in front of the municipality building, hosted a FlashMOVE with 11 dance and sports clubs and two schools. You can see how the day looked like in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jH6Bba42CEw&feature=youtu.be

Lisbon

The capital city of Portugal staged a FlashMOVE at the Tower of Belem (Torre of Belem), a touristic hotspot and historical landmark of the city. In charge of the Jazzy Dance Studios, they motivated tourists and passersby to join the dance and the fun. See the photos from their dace here: https://www.facebook.com/inatel.portugal/videos/1191773907547353/

Ljubljana

Kongresni trg, in the central part of the Slovenian capital, hosted the “Sport Market”, where the FlashMOVE was performed by aFlashMOVE network of organisations including a kindergartens, primary schools, sport clubs and a group of people with disabilities. Here some images from the celebration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7P4T1lkfqbQ

Valetta

St. George’s Square in the capital city of Malta hosted a FlashMOVE that featured a live performance from Malcom Pisani, the singer of this year’s theme tune ALE O. Hundreds of people followed the music and dance show that was taking place as the opening of the European Week of Sport. See what the party looked like here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_pN-9GcxjY&feature=youtu.be

The simultaneous FlashMOVE made a lot of noise at 11am on 10 September . Thousands of people spontaneously joined in the biggest dance party in Europe, and the whole continent was united to one beat and one heartbeat. And as in life, we always get second chances, so if you are still inspired to make a dance floor out of your city’s main square, more FlashMOVEs are welcome until the end of the European Week of Sport on 30 September.

Registration of events on the FlashMOVE website is still possible. Visit our website and download the FlashMOVE Event Guide. #BeActive

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